The good: The LCD in the 2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart is well placed, and its navigation system features good route guidance. The MIVEC engine delivers good power while achieving decent mileage.
The bad: The car's performance is cut by bad torque steer and traction isn't wonderful. There is no standard auxiliary audio input for the stereo, which is rowdy enough to rattle its own speakers. The graphic interface for stereo tuning uses a really ugly font.
The bottom line: The 2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart falls short as a sport-tuned sedan, and its cabin electronics are a mixed bag. We love its efficient engine, and its stereo is fun for blasting loud rock and roll. But torque steer and lack of refinement bring it down.
Set on making affordable performance cars, Mitsubishi takes its Camry-competitor Galant sedan and tunes it up to create the 2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart. The company saw great success tuning its Lancer into the Evo rally car and attempts, but fails, to give its Galant the same kind of cache.
The Galant Ralliart gets Mitsubishi's Ralliart emblems placed on and in the car, and it earns those emblems with a stiffened and sport-tuned suspension and a 3.8-liter V-6 making 258 horsepower. This engine gives the car a quick push off the line, but its front-wheel drive creates massive torque steer. This car would have been much more impressive if it had also gotten the all-wheel-drive system Mitsubishi puts in the Evo. As a comparison, Mitsubishi's rally car competitor Subaru makes the all-wheel drive Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B .
Beyond its sport trappings, the Galant Ralliart also comes with a rowdy Rockford stereo, complete with a six-disc MP3 CD capable changer and Sirius satellite radio. Our test car also came with the navigation package, which makes its presence known with an LCD screen.
The Galant Ralliart's body probably inspires a love-it or hate-it reaction. We love it. The curved cabin is nothing special, but its front and rear give it an aggressive appeal, with a few concept car notes thrown in. A massive air intake sits below the grille, while the whole front end is raked forward. Headlights and taillights have European-style covers, with the translucent taillight covers reaching over the rear lip and molded to continue the rear spoiler across the entire back of the car.
Because this Galant has the Ralliart trim level, we immediately thought back to that magical summer of 2005, when we got to drive the Ferrari rally in Northern California. Fortunately, we still had the route book from that memorable event sitting around the office, so we decided to follow its course in the Galant Ralliart. Now, this was in no way a real rally event, as we didn't have people checking our times or any competition. But we did take the Galant Ralliart over the same roads we had driven in an F430.